Austrian GP (2020)

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03 Jul - 05 Jul
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Styrian GP: Perez heads FP1 from Verstappen

Racing Point's Sergio Perez set the fastest time in opening practice for Formula 1's first Styrian Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, as Mercedes avoided soft tyre running.

Ricciardo “not devastated” by early stoppage in Austria

Daniel Ricciardo says he was “not devastated” by an early retirement in Austria last weekend, and is confident that the engine cooling issue that stopped him will be addressed by Renault for the upcoming Styrian GP.

How Red Bull made the FIA give Hamilton a penalty

The drama in the Austrian GP began even before the race when the decision not to penalise Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton for a yellow flag infringement in qualifying was reversed by the FIA stewards.

Gasly reveals he almost parked car that finished P7 in Austria

Pierre Gasly has revealed that his AlphaTauri team almost gave up his points finish in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix when they asked him to pit his car after just 10 laps due to fears of a brake failure.

Hamilton: No "bad blood" with Albon after clash

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton insists that there's "no bad blood" with Alex Albon despite being penalised for the second time in three races for a clash with the Red Bull driver.

Mercedes confident of solutions for Austria gearbox issue

Mercedes is confident of putting fixes in place to prevent a repeat of its Austrian Grand Prix gearbox issues in time for the second race at the Red Bull Ring.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix - Driver ratings

Three drivers score top marks in the return of's driver ratings, but one driver needing a big season to stay on the Formula 1 grid had a horror-show.

Mercedes: Bottas radio message nothing to do with 'Multi 21'

Mercedes has rubbished any talk that it used 'Multi 21' tactics of cryptic team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix to call off the battle between its drivers.

How Bottas won F1's survival of the fittest in Austria

After a 217-day wait, Formula 1 returned at the Red Bull Ring with a thriller that reminded everybody what they had been missing during the COVID-enforced hiatus. Mercedes crossed the line 1-2, but that hardly told the whole story

Ferrari losing 0.7 seconds per lap on straights

Mattia Binotto believes it will be “very difficult” for Ferrari to rectify its straight-line speed disadvantage this Formula 1 season after losing 0.7 seconds per lap to Mercedes in Austria.

Horner: Hamilton is the one who needs to change approach

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner says Lewis Hamilton is the one who perhaps needs to race differently in the future, following his second clash with Alex Albon in three races.

Hamilton reveals foiled strategy plan to beat Bottas

Lewis Hamilton says the first safety car that triggered a round of pitstops in the Austrian Grand Prix spoiled the strategy gamble that he’d planned to jump teammate and eventual race winner Valtteri Bottas.

Alfa Romeo fined for Raikkonen's wheel loss

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has been fined €5,000 for Kimi Raikkonen's wheel becoming detached following a pitstop on lap 54 of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Mercedes feared "instant kill" gearbox issue for Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says he managed to "dodge many bullets" en route to Austrian Grand Prix victory as Mercedes feared an early gearbox issue would turn into an "instant kill".

Hamilton penalty for Albon clash "too harsh", says Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks the five-second penalty that cost Lewis Hamilton a podium spot in the Austrian Grand Prix was "too harsh".

2020 F1 Austrian Grand Prix race results

Valtteri Bottas won an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix, the first race of the delayed 2020 Formula 1 season, for Mercedes at the Red Bull Ring.

Norris feared he had "fudged" podium shot

McLaren's Lando Norris says he thought he'd "fudged" his charge to a debut Formula 1 podium during a "few moments" of a chaotic Austrian Grand Prix.

Albon: Hamilton clash denied me potential race win

Alex Albon felt he was on-course to score his maiden Formula 1 victory in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix prior to the clash with Lewis Hamilton when battling for second.

Surprise second "feels like a victory" - Leclerc

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says his unexpected second place in the Austrian GP "feels like a victory" after the Italian team struggled for performance all weekend.

Austrian GP: Bottas wins from Leclerc after Hamilton penalty

Valtteri Bottas won a dramatic Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix from Charles Leclerc after a penalty for Lewis Hamilton for contact with Alex Albon dropped him to fourth.

Hamilton handed three-place grid penalty for race

Lewis Hamilton has received a three-place grid penalty less than an hour before the start of the Austrian Grand Prix for speeding under yellow flags in qualifying.

Stewards to review Hamilton decision after Red Bull request

The FIA stewards will review the decision not to give Lewis Hamilton a penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags following a request by Red Bull.

Williams had the pace to reach Q2 in "perfect situation"

Williams says it was more competitive than it expected to be in Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying, and feels George Russell could have made Q2 with a “perfect situation”.

How F1’s new podium procedure will work in Austria

The FIA has revealed the full details on how Formula 1’s new podium procedure will work for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, taking place on the start/finish straight.

Ricciardo explains F1 driver unease over taking a knee

Daniel Ricciardo says Formula 1 is not looking to “put anyone in jeopardy” by forcing drivers to take a knee in Austria amid unease from some over the gesture.

Ferrari’s backwards form reopens engine wounds

A notable year-on-year slump for the Ferrari powered teams in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix has served to stir up fresh debate about the Italian manufacturer's power unit after the pre-season controversy regarding its secret deal with the FIA.

Red Bull’s new nose hints at fresh direction

Red Bull handed Max Verstappen exclusive use of a new nose concept at the Austrian Grand Prix that hints at a fresh direction for the team in its push to bring more performance to its RB16.

Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix – how to watch, start time & more

After a lengthy break, Formula 1 will return to action with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5. Here’s how and when you can watch the race in your country.

Mask-less Vettel, Red Bull chat prompts FIA letter

The FIA has reminded Red Bull and Ferrari to follow Formula 1's coronavirus protocols at all times, after Sebastian Vettel was spotted speaking to Christian Horner and Helmut Marko without face masks in the paddock.

Hamilton escapes penalty, retains front-row slot

Lewis Hamilton has avoided a grid penalty for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix after a stewards' hearing over two incidents in the final stage of qualifying.

Balance issue exaggerated gap to Mercedes - Verstappen

Max Verstappen says balance issues with his Red Bull meant the gap to Mercedes in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix was bigger than it should be.

Hamilton under investigation over yellow flag infraction

Lewis Hamilton is at risk of being handed a grid penalty for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix after being summoned to the stewards over two rule breaches.

Norris never expected to outqualify Racing Point cars

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris admits he was surprised to outpace the Racing Point cars in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Mercedes in its "own league" in Austria, admits Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says that his team is in its “own league” after a dominant performance in qualifying in Austria, while teammate Lewis Hamilton insisted he didn’t expect to see such an advantage.

Ferrari's qualifying struggles a "surprise" for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has called Ferrari's disappointing performance in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix "a surprise" after being eliminated in Q2.

2020 F1 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying results

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position, the first race of the delayed 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Austrian GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole; disaster for Ferrari

Valtteri Bottas turned the tables on his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton by claiming pole for the Austrian Grand Prix despite skating into the gravel on his final effort.

F1 drivers free to take own anti-racism stance on Austria grid

Formula 1 drivers will be free to each take their own stance against racism in the build-up to the start of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Grosjean: $40m F1 salaries like Hamilton’s are “unacceptable”

Romain Grosjean thinks it unacceptable that top Formula 1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton are earning more than $40 million per year, while some of his rivals are on so much less.

Red Bull: FIA risks opening can of worms with DAS ruling

Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner feels the FIA’s ruling on Mercedes’ dual-axis steering (DAS) system risks opening a can of worms over parc ferme regulations.

Austrian GP: Hamilton leads another Mercedes 1-2 in FP3

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice for the 2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix with the fastest time in FP3, which was disrupted by Nicholas Latifi's crash.

Racing Point: No concern over “pink Mercedes” F1 protests

Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer has no concerns about any possible protest from the team’s rivals over the legality of its RP20 car, which has been dubbed a “pink Mercedes”.

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

The 2020 Formula 1 season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5. Here’s how and when you can watch qualifying in your country.

Racing Point "as fast as feared" in Austria, say rivals

Racing Point’s rivals say the team is as fast as they feared in Formula 1 pre-season testing, and could even be a genuine top three contender this year.

FIA rejects Red Bull's Mercedes DAS F1 protest

The FIA stewards have rejected Red Bull’s protest against Mercedes’ dual-axis steering (DAS) system ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, calling it “not founded”.

Perez says Racing Point can't "get too excited" despite P3

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says his team can't get too excited despite leading the chase behind Mercedes in Austrian Grand Prix practice.

Verstappen blames damaged wing for gap to front

Max Verstappen says Red Bull's true pace in Austrian GP practice was disguised by him breaking his front wing on his fastest lap of the day.

Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Bottas again in FP2

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Austrian Grand Prix second practice ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, leading a second consecutive Mercedes 1-2 to start Formula 1's 2020 season.

Why discomfort and distancing is worth it for F1's return

This weekend's Austrian Grand Prix is being staged in abnormal circumstances amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the strict measures and protocols Formula 1 has introduced to ensure the event goes ahead is a price worth paying.

Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 as season starts

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas topped the times in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, as the on-track action for Formula 1's 2020 season finally got underway.

Hamilton unveils new black F1 helmet design with BLM message

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has unveiled his new helmet design, switching to a black base colour and carrying support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Why there’s more to Mercedes than a new paint scheme in Austria

Mercedes arrived at the Austrian Grand Prix with a collection of new parts as it continues to push forward in the defense of its world championships.

Revealed: Renault’s key element of its triple F1 update package

Renault has brought a triple update package to Austria, with parts originally scheduled to arrive at races in Vietnam, the Netherlands and Spain now available for the first race of the season.

Social distancing to impact positioning of F1 marshals

Formula 1 marshals will be placed in different locations in the opening races of the season compared to previous events as a result of coronavirus social distancing measures.

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings and preview

The 2020 Formula 1 world championship will finally get underway with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5, having been delayed by several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s all you need to know about the season opener.

Austrian GP plans receive government approval

The Formula 1 season openers in Austria planned for July 5 and 12 have been given the green light by the country’s government, according to reports in the country.

Austria open to F1 race with no spectators

The Austrian government has said it will not "stand in the way" of the Formula 1 race at the Red Bull Ring going ahead behind closed doors at the start of July.